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A long-disputed hippo cull will begin in May in Zambia, officials say - Dotemirates
22/02/2019

A long-disputed hippo cull will begin in May in Zambia, officials say

(CNN)The orchestrated killing of hippos in Zambia will begin in May, state officials said, over objections from a key animal rights group.The hippo cull is slated for the Luangwa River valley in Zambia's Eastern province, the Department of National Parks & Wildlife said last week in a statement.The plan is the same one announced in October by the nation's tourism chief, wildlife ministry spokesman Lewis Daka told CNN on Thursday. It would provide for the killing of as many as 2,000 hippos over five years, tourism minister Charles Banda said at the time, according to Reuters. 8 of the best...


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Jordanian king vows to protect Jerusalem holy sites

ZARQA, Jordan: Jordan’s King Abdullah II is vowing to keep protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, calling it a “red line” for his country.Abdullah said Wednesday, during a visit to the Zarqa governorate outside Amman, that he’s under pressure to alter his country’s historic role as custodian of the Jerusalem holy sites but that he wouldn’t. Abdullah says: “I will never change my position toward Jerusalem in my life.” He added that “all my people are with me.” He did not specify what kind of pressure he was encountering.A Jordanian-appointed council oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. It...
21/03/2019

US wants to see a Yemen that is unified, stable and prosperous: ambassador

DUBAI: US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller on Tuesday said Washington was concerned about the situation in Yemen even as he reiterated the US’s continued support of the Yemeni government.“We are making every effort to end the conflict in Yemen,” Tueller told a press conference in Aden, emphasizing Washington’s interest on Yemen’s unity and stability.Tueller also expressed frustration by the delays and stalling by the Iran-backed Houthis in implementing the ceasefire agreement signed in Stockholm in December.The ceasefire deal laid out the de-escalation of conflict in Hodeidah as an important first step for sustainable peace in Yemen.“Some Yemeni groups...

US disappointed over veto on Masood Azhar, says China has responsibility

Washington: China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan, a senior Trump administration official has said, expressing deep disappointment over Beijing’s decision to block a bid in the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) led by Azhar claimed responsibility for the February 14 terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district which killed 40 Indian security personnel. “We think China has a responsibility to also not shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil,” the senior Trump administration official said...

21/03/2019

Underage Filipino women arrested for illegally attempting to work abroad

Muscat: Three underage Filipino women recruited to work abroad were arrested while attempting to leave the country, Philippines authorities have confirmed.Officers from the Bureau of Immigration apprehended the trio at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, while they were about to board a flight to the Gulf region, according to BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina.He said in a statement on Thursday, "They all presented passports with false birthdates to make it appear that they met the age requirement for household service workers, which is 23 years and above."The names of the passengers were withheld due to a...

Top US trade official to visit Beijing soon, says China

Beijing: A US trade delegation headed by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will visit China on March 28-29 for the next round of negotiations, China's commerce ministry said on Thursday. In return, Vice Premier Liu He will travel to the Washington in early April for more talks, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng, as the world's two biggest economies try to hammer out a trade deal to end months of disputes. The face-to-face talks will be the first since President Donald Trump delayed a March 1 deadline to avert a rise in tariffs on $200 billion...

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